We all know that one girl, every time you see her, she has a different colour hair. Maybe you're that girl. One week her hair might be streaked with blonde highlights, the next it is a vibrant red. And so, it goes until the day you see her with an extremely short haircut or worse yet, a cap to cover-up her bald spots.
When you ask what happened, she blames it on a colour disaster. She got a hold of a box of colour that had something wrong with it or some similar excuse. But you’ve seen it coming. I mean, how many times can you actually colour your hair without it falling out?
But not all hair colouring has to cause unhealthy and damaged hair if you do it the right way. In order to avoid the same mistakes, there are a few simple rules that you should follow. No, you don’t have to be relegated to wearing the same hair colour all of the time. You can change your look every now and then. The key to it, though, is to know when and when not to colour your hair to avoid hair colour burn-out.
Before you colour your hair, you should always check it to see if it is strong enough to withstand another colouring. There are a few ways that you should do this. First, shampoo your hair and feel it for overall dryness before you add conditioner. If your hair feels like straw or something other than hair, you should not colour.
You can also take an individual hair strand and test it for breakage. Simply apply tension to the hair strand until it breaks. If it breaks easily without stretching, you definitely cannot colour. Another thing to look for is fading colour. If you have been colouring your hair only to have the colour fade out within a few weeks, your hair is in no condition for further colouring.
In addition to checking your hair to see if it can be coloured, you should also avoid certain colour combinations to eliminate or reduce damage. When making hair colour changes, avoid drastic differences. For example: Do not lighten your dark brown hair to platinum blonde only to put deep red on it and then try to lighten it again. What you will end up with is a disaster.
You should also wait a good while in-between hair colours. Wait at least 6 to 8 weeks between root touch-ups. If you want to change your hair colour completely, you should use the following time guidelines: Going darker – wait 4 weeks after the last colour. Going lighter – wait 8 weeks after last colour. And always check to see if your hair is strong enough to withstand the service. If in doubt, ask a professional.
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